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KLCC Wins Two NW Excellence In Journalism Awards From SPJ

Rachael McDonald, Chris Lehman

The Society for Professional Journalists has recognized two KLCC stories for their 2019 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Chris Lehman was awarded for best feature reporting for his story, Oregon Lawmakers Consider Expansion of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Law.

Rachael McDonald was runner-up winner for Environment and Natural Disaster Reporting for her story: The McKenzie, A Resilient River, That story is part of KLCC’s year-long series on Oregon Natural Resources and Resiliency funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

KLCC was judged in the audio division for small newsrooms.

There were 1,300 entries in this year’s contest and 250 winners.

The Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and honors journalists across SPJ Region 10, which covers Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

It includes entries for audio, video, writing, photo and design, and magazine for large and small newsrooms.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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